Serial blasts kill 1, injures 14 in Nigeria



Serial blasts kill 1, injures 14 in Nigeria Abuja: Series of bomb blasts have rocked flashpoint Nigerian city of Jos killing one and injuring 14 as people gathered to watch a televised football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday.

Police in the volatile central Plateau state said they suspect the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, for being responsible for the bombings that went off at three places in the city. The force said the method used in the bombing conforms to the way Boko Haram which has attacked several cities in the north engage in their violence activities.

"The explosions occurred at about 22.30hrs at ODUS football viewing centre and City of David football viewing Centre almost at the same time, both at Angwa," police spokesman Jacob Apev said.

The other, the police officer said occurred at Tina junction, adding that in all, one person died and 14 others injured.

According to Apev, the explosions were caused by timed Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) adding that if the people at the viewing centres were vigilant they would have seen when they were planted.

He also said Churches and other worship centres have been place under surveillance, and are being provided with metal detectors to screen the people that go into them. Those wounded were taken to a local hospital and sources say nine have been discharged.

A source said that of the injured are in critical conditions and are receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

The sect members usually carry out their attacks during festive seasons like Christmas and last year they killed 32 people and wounded 74 others on the Christmas eve.

The state has started receiving letters of threat warning that this year's Christmas period may be bloody.

Boko Haram which wants the establishment of Islamic sharia rule in Nigeria had claimed the attacks at the United Nations building in Abuja earlier this year carried out by a suicide bomber driving an SUV.

Its leader Yusuf was killed in 2006 by the Nigerian police after a confrontation with the members of the radical group that led to the killing of at least 800 people.

PTI